If you haven’t caught up on Season Two of Telltale’s The Walking Dead or missed Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Xbox Live’s Games with Gold has you covered for April. Paying subscribers to Xbox Live can grab these four games for “free”if they have an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Advertisement April’s Games with Gold are: Xbox One Ryse: Son of Rome (April 1-30) The Walking Dead: Season 2 (April 16-May 15) Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One) Darksiders (April 1-15) Assassin’s Creed Revelations (April 16-30) READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
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We’re playing Mass Effect: Andromeda over on Facebook. Check it out: READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
PlayStation 4’s Software Update 4.50 comes out tomorrow, bringing external hard drive support, updates to messages and communities, and voice chat for remote play. The PS4 Pro will also get boost mode. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Look at her. She knows what I did. I recently finished the main plot of The Witcher 3. You might have been following my love affair with it through my stories on the topic, or my weekly “What Are You Playing” posts featuring Geralt in various states of undress. My reward for 110 hours of hard work? Accidentally being a terrible dad. SERIOUSLY BIG WITCHER 3 ENDING SPOILERS AHEAD, AS WELL AS EARLY HOURS OF HEARTS OF STONE I’d heard from my colleagues that the game has multiple endings, which I knew had something to do with being a good father figure to Ciri. I interacted with Ciri with that in mind, carefully sizing up every Dad Moment, though I didn’t know which choices would actually affect the end. Honestly, I thought I was a pretty great dad. I told Ciri she didn’t have to be good at everything when she was upset after the battle at Kaer Morhen. I thought it was a valuable moment of growth for her, one both I and Geralt could stand to learn. I went with her to fight Imlerith because we were in this Wild Hunt thing READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
This is a promotional screenshot. Morphblade has never told me I’m ‘good.’ Morphblade, a new PC game by Gunpoint developer Tom Francis, has the allure of ‘one more round’ that would make it a great mobile game. I’m glad it’s not, though, because I already miss my subway stops enough. Advertisement Morphblade takes place on a board made up of hexagons. Hexes give you random different abilities, though you can sometimes choose your own. Some are attacks: the hammer kills enemies adjacent to you, acid strips armored enemies, the blade kills enemies to the sides of you, and the arrow moves two spaces instead of one. Other hexes let you repair yourself or teleport around the board. Hexes are upgradable, either by killing a number of enemies on them or killing ‘upgrader’ bugs. It’s a little hard to explain, but it’s really intuitive in action. Here’s the developer giving it a go: Upgrades allow you to combine the abilities of certain hexes (according to the game, there are 720 possible combinations), which come in handy as the waves of enemies grow harder. Simple bugs soon turn into enemies that can be READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Sunless Sea’s iPad version has a release date of March 23. It will require iOS8 or higher and be compatible with iPad Pro, Air, Air 2, and higher. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Because healers are the real winners. The Game Developer’s Choice Awards were last night, and you’ll be shocked to learn Overwatch won “Game of the Year.” But there were other awards too, because there are other games. There are games besides Overwatch you guys. Advertisement The GDC Awards are voted on by folks in the industry, so the nominees and winners always come from an interesting perspective. Here’s the list of winners, via Gamasutra: Best Audio Inside (Playdead) Best Debut Campo Santo (Firewatch) Best Design Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment) Best Mobile/Handheld Game Pokemon Go (Niantic) Innovation Award No Man’s Sky (Hello Games) Best Narrative Firewatch (Campo Santo) Best Technology Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog) Best Visual Art Inside (Playdead) Best VR/AR Game Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives (Owlchemy Labs) Audience Award Battlefield 1 (EA DICE) Game of the Year Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment) Pioneer Award Jordan Mechner Ambassador Award Mark DeLoura Lifetime Achievement Award Tim Sweeney READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
March’s PlayStation Plus offerings include the lovely-looking Tearaway Unfolded for the PS4 and Severed for the Vita, which we enjoyed. As usual, these games are only free if you have an active PlayStation Plus membership. PS4 Disc Jam Tearaway Unfolded PS3 Under Night: In-Birth Earth Defense Force 2025 PS Vita Lumo (crossbuy on PS4) Severed READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Thimbleweed Park will be out March 30 for Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Linux. The developers say other platforms will follow later. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Depending who you are, you’ll either want to hang out with Night in the Woods’ characters all the time or tell them to get off your lawn. The game is small enough to feel intimate and spacious enough to cater to different kinds of curious people. It may feel different for everyone who plays it. Advertisement Night in the Woods is a sidescrolling narrative game developed by the small team Infinite Fall. The main character, Mae Borowski, is a cat. All the characters are animals, though there are also animals in the game who are just regular animals, so have fun with that. Mae has just returned to her tiny hometown of Possum Springs after dropping out of college for mysterious reasons at age 19. At the start of the game, her parents neglect to pick her up from the bus station, so she has to wander home through town. There’s a minor puzzle about platforming over an obstacle, a lot of reminiscing aloud, and some running into family. Later, some supernatural elements get thrown into the mix, but in the first ten minutes you’ll see most of the game’s mechanics. By the time the first of its four parts…
If you missed out on Borderlands 2 or have always been a little curious about Evolve, Xbox Live’s Games with Gold will look pretty good to you for March. Paying subscribers to Xbox Live can grab these four games for “free”if they have an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Advertisement March’s Games with Gold are: Xbox One Layers of Fear (March 1-30) Evolve: Ultimate Edition (March 16-April 15) Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One) Borderlands 2 (March 1-15) Heavy Weapon (March 16-31) READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Hitman’s next Elusive Target, The Surgeons, will be available in Hokkaido for 7 days starting February 24. The optional objective, “eliminate both targets using viral infection,” sounds like a lot of fun. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Into the Breach will be the next game by FTL creators Subset Games. It will be a turn-based, randomly generated strategy game where giant mechs fight aliens. There’s no release date yet, but this trailer looks rad. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Hitman’s next Elusive Target, The Warlord, will be available in Bangkok for seven days starting on February 10. I just got my roommate into this game and she’s excited to try her first target. I am excited to backseat drive so it isn’t my fault if I mess it up. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!